OK so it's a new year...for many the first day of the working year. And there's a thing about setting resolutions right? Getting in shape, being a better human, that kind of thing? Well I'll come to that in another post but I'd rather kick the year off on a more positive, exciting note and for me that really comes down to travel goals. Anyone with me?
It's been awhile since I've written about travel plans and to be frank, it's because I hit a bit of a travel drought 2016. Have you been there? You know the years where there is a LOT going on [read new babes, house renovations, businesses to run] the kind of years where there seems to be a ton of money going out but nothing on fun stuff. Well, not for travel funds anyway. For me, 2016 was a bit of travel desert. I mean I tried to be positive - explore your backyard and all that kind of business, but the positive talk from the sidelines didn't really cut it for me.
For me 2016 ended with the major travel blues. You know when EVERYONE leaves you to go adventuring and you've never felt so GROUNDED and beige in your life? Ok maybe slightly dramatic but...my sister left for a six week trip around Europe followed by a relocation to the UK. And then mere days after this first abandonment, Elissa - my business partner, neighbour, bosom buddy, dreamer of dreams and sharer of life - decided to go and work in the pacific for over a YEAR! SO RUDE! [Don't worry she can still help run the business from her island bungalow, she's just putting the Wanderlust in Wanderlust People]... so here I was feeling abandoned and very grounded. With a baby on my hip and a toddler pulling on my arm. Thinking... "MY LIFE IS OVVVEEERRRR!!!!!" OK maybe not quite so dramatic, it was perhaps more like, "What does the excitement and trepidation of a new adventure even feel like???" [You're right, I am prone to the dramatic].
So 2017. I have to set some travel goals. And they HAVE to be realistic. I actually do need to stop daydreaming about backpacking through central America and swanning about Europe with a bottomless glass of rosé in my hand. Those times will come round again. Because I will ALWAYS prioritise travel in my life. But I have to acknowledge and embrace the season I'm in [family and budget] and set some realistic goals accordingly.
So here are my 2017 travel resolutions:
The island getaway
Yes my partner in crime has abandoned me to live in Vanuatu. It's awful! It's ghastly, it's actually a tragedy. Actually what the hell am I complaining about??? It's BRILLIANT! Of course I'm going to visit her! An island getaway is ALWAYS a good idea and even better when you have friends to visit. Think free accommodation and the benefit of local knowledge. [She doesn't know I'm staying for two months yet so maybe keep that on the down-low. KIDDING!]
The local getaway
Sometimes it's impossible to beat paradise. We live on the Sunshine Coast and while we've spent the majority of the past decade spending our annual leave escaping a location that other people travel half way around the world to experience, in this season we are choosing to embrace it at every opportunity. Maybe not literally in our backyard but just up the road. So bring on five nights at Noosa!
The standby getaway
If you've got time up your sleeve why not save it for a spontaneous getaway. I'm planning to see how the year pans out and depending on the vibe towards the end of the year [read: finances, how crazy the kids are and whether I can deal with the idea of a long-haul flight or a long-distance car trip!] I could either jump on an airline sale and book a week in Bali or jump in the car and chase the sun for a week. Either sounds blissful!
So as you stare down the barrel of 2017, we hope it's a cracker! Full of inspiration, growth, joy, family, friends and laughter. Oh and PLENTY of wanderlust.
We look forward to travelling with you!